>So I realize I’m very behind as far as my movie reviews go. I have watched 3 more Best Picture winners and I will (very) briefly summarize my opinions of them here below.
Terms of Endearment
I LOVED this movie. It made me laugh. Then it made me bawl my eyes out. I think I loved it so much because the main character, Addie, wasn’t perfect. She had her flaws but yet she was likeable anyway. Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors and he made me laugh so hard. Shirley MacLaine performed so well (and she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role too). Overall, great film, I definitely recommend it and understand why it won for Best Picture.
Chariots of Fire
Meh, this movie was so-so. I didn’t think the acting was that great and I fell asleep in the middle for a good chunk of time. I’m glad I watched it because now I understand why they play that eighties sythesizer music during a lot of slow-motion scenes in other movies. Also, one time a girl I worked with at Colby was telling me how when she studied abroad at St. Andrews she used to go running on the same beach on which Chariots of Fire was filmed. Now I know what the heck she was talking about. The trivia section of IMDB notes that it was names one of the 20 Most Overrated Films of All Time. I agree.
I liked this movie a lot. Although it was made in 1980, a lot of the themes it touches on are very pertient to today, like the way families communicate and the social taboo of mental illness. Like Driving Miss Daisy, this movie didn’t have a complex plot; it was more about the characters. I guess I like that kind of movie. Overall, I recommend this movie. Perhaps for its time this movie was of Best Picture caliber, but I doubt it would win today.
Up next: Kramer v. Kramer